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The new British Airways Club World washbag is here

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British Airways launched a new Club World washbag in late November, although I haven’t yet seen one in the flesh. 

I have managed to find a picture courtesy of reader Carlo however:

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As you can see, the old zip bag has been replaced with a shoebag-like thing!  Albeit that it is too small to actually contain your shoes, so you won’t actually be able to recycle it that way ….

BA has gone back to the separate male and female washbags of a few years ago.  The male version now contains a (cheap) plastic razor, a very small tube of toothpaste, a pen and some Elemis toiletries.  I’m not sure, apart from the razor, what is different in the female version.

I was told that the male / female split is based on BA’s overall average and NOT the number of men and women actually booked on each flight, with ZERO spares available if the flight is full!

Interestingly – and something which has caused some annoyance – the eye shades and ear plugs have been removed.  These are, however, still available on request.  I find it hard to believe that more men want to have a shave onboard rather than want a pair of eye shades, but there you are.

The addition of the pen is useful, as they are often needed for immigration and customs forms.  Even if you brought one with you, it is usually in your jacket pocket which is now in a wardrobe somewhere onboard.

To be honest, I have got rather ambivalent over washbags in recent years.  Many airlines either bring around a tray of items from which you can select what you want, or have a large number of items available in the toilets for you to take.  I am more than happy to take useful items (and I always use the Elemis toiletries at some point) but I still find myself throwing away a lot of the contents each time I receive one.  I have never used earplugs in my life, for instance!

Next job BA …. Can you get started on fixing the crazy sizing of the First Class pyjamas …?!


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Comments (27)

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  • Scott says:

    Club World pyjamas?!

    Best amenity kits by far are those given out by Swiss in C or F. We recycle them to carry our passports and electricals and toiletries when travelling.

  • Helen says:

    That bag is different to the new design one I received – which was a thin cotton one with popular sights of the London skyline on it. It generally struck me as the type of thing VS would give kids in Economy. I hope this signals they’ve rethought the design.

  • Andrew says:

    Club World pyjamas? Think you’ve mixed something up there!
    The female bag has an apricot facial wipe instead of the cheap razor.
    That picture doesn’t really represent the new washbag in my opinion.

  • nux says:

    That isn’t the new washbag. It is annoying they’ve removed the mask and earplugs, crew complain about having to do a separate run of them.

  • Andrew says:

    The picture you have there is a VERY old design – notice the Club World logo on the tab on the handle – that is the logo which was used in the 90’s.

    The new bag is a flat drawstring bag with a kind of skyline of Elemis products and Big Ben etc on it. Nothing as nice quality as the one in the picture I’m afraid.

    Also beware that whilst earplugs are available on request, on my A380 flight back from HKG – requests had outstripped supply and I was unlucky not to get any. So take them with you if you want to sleep! I wasn’t impressed!

    • Will says:

      I rely on earplugs on a night flight. I associate taking your own with economy not business. I flew CW on 1st dec and got the old blue bag which was excellent. Assume raffles means F PJ’s which are good but the top shrinks in the wash too much!

    • Andy says:

      Yes that’s the one I got

      • aceman says:

        same as the one I got, horrible floppy formless thing…

        Flying Eva air in J in a couple of weeks, nice Rimowa amenities kit, shame on BA!

  • Farringdon says:

    No eyeshades or earplugs in the new F washbag either. The crew had to bring them round separately.

  • Mr Bridge says:

    Health and safety dictates that you cant have earplugs and shades, in case you forget your wearing them and decide to have a shave. you might hurt yourself.

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